The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)
has called on the Federal
Government to update the
country’s child labour laws to
meet international standards.
The NLC Head of International Relations, Mr
Uchenna Ekwe said the existing laws in
Nigeria are out-dated.
He said this at the 2016 International Labour
Organisation (ILO) conference holding in
Ekwe said the Federal Government needs to
update the laws, so the rights of the Nigerian
child will be protected.
He also called on the government to pass into
law, free and compulsory primary and
secondary education for every child in the
Ekwe said “Even if you do not need every child
to go to the university, any person with
qualitative primary and secondary education
can hold their own anywhere in the world.
“Those that have the capacity to go into further
intellectual base university can do that, but
every other person must move away from the
minimum poverty line.
“If people think that education is expensive,
there is a saying that you should try
He said a law should also be passed to
discourage children below 15 years from
working, adding that if they must, they should
be allowed to finish secondary school.
Ekwe also said “I know that ILO has urged the
Nigerian government to quickly amend the
Child Law Act to meet the provisions of
“Two, they have offered to send technical
assistant to help train the trainer.
“And the issue of training and supervisory
inspectorate divisions to check, including
domestic violence to know the level under age
people are treated.
“That will include the punishment for engaging
people under certain age, in certain work.”
The Minister of Labour and Employment,
Chris Ngige, while speaking to newsmen at
the on-going 105th session of the
International Labour Conference (ILC),
» threatened that the Federal Government
will withdraw the licences of banks that insist
on sacking workers, despite the Federal
Government’s plea, calling on them to stop.